In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin signed a non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. At the time, Chamberlin famously said he had achieved “peace in our time.”
Less than one year later, Germany invaded Poland and England was at war.
Joe Biden is our modern-day Neville Chamberlin and Communist China is his Nazi Germany. Little over a year ago, Biden said about China: “They’re not competition for us.”
Since then, China released the Wuhan Coronavirus on the world while protecting its own people. We have also realized that China produces 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics, Vitamin C, and ibuprofen, as well as, 70 percent of our supply of acetaminophen.
A year ago, Biden was demonstrating the same naivete that characterized the Obama-Biden administration’s dealings with China. Since 2001, America has lost 3.7 million jobs to China – 2.8 million of those jobs in manufacturing. We run annual trade deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year with China. For eight years, the Obama-Biden attitude to China was speak softly and carry no stick.
Donald Trump, even before he ran for President, said that the Chinese no longer respect America and laugh at us. As a businessman, he knew this truth and was not afraid to call a spade a spade. He criticized Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal as such a disaster for America that even Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turned against it, even though President Obama championed it when Hillary was Secretary of State. It was a flawed deal that did nothing to address China and their intellectual property theft, currency manipulation, and other abuses in trade.
When Biden traveled to China as Vice President to discuss controversial Chinese air defense zones, his son, Hunter, was also aboard Air Force Two with him. On the trip, Hunter met with a Chinese banker named Jonathan Li, who formed a private equity firm with Hunter that sought to raise large sums of money in China. Joe Biden never denounced his son for this gross conflict of interest.
Joe and Hunter are blinded by the potential for short-term gain by entry to China’s large, government-manipulated economy. Hunter, the example of nepotistic graft, has ridden the coattails of his father to allegedly reap millions. And Joe, enamored by the authoritarian control exerted by the CCP over its citizens and its embrace of unmitigated globalism, sees China as little more than a buddy nation with whom he can get along. Both Joe and Hunter shockingly miss the elephant in the room: the Communist Chinese government is playing a long-term strategic game.
Only after President Trump’s tough, no-nonsense leadership on the China front began to pay off did Biden finally start talking tough on China. It took months for Biden to finally acknowledge that President Trump’s travel restrictions on China at the beginning of the pandemic was the right move at the time. Of course, this admission came months after Democrats collectively slammed the President, labeling him as xenophobic and racist, for having the courage to do what all sensible observers agreed was a smart decision.
The simple fact of the matter is that China isn’t playing for second place. The 4-dimensional wargame they are waging against America, and freedom at-large, is too complex, with stakes too high, for it to be trusted to America’s version of Neville Chamberlin.
Joe Biden simply isn’t up to the task. President Trump, on the other hand, has demonstrated that he’s more than capable of taking on communist China, and winning.
Dr. Kelli Ward is a family physician, two-term Arizona state senator, and the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona. On Twitter: @KelliWardAZ